The Apartment (1996)
"L'appartement" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  2 October 1996 (France)
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Max is on his way to Tokyo. He lives in Paris and likes to flirt but has decided to get married. By chance, he seems to have seen Lisa, his greatest love, in a cafe. Max forgets everything,... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Philippe Écoffey ...
Olivier Granier ...
Paul Pavel ...
Nelly Alard ...
Bruno Leonelli ...
Alain Beccaria
Tateo Isaizaki ...
Japanese Businessman
Japanese Interpreter
Ricardo Mateo ...
Cafe Waiter
Vincent Nemeth ...
Bruno Fernández Vella ...
Video Technician
Juan Carlos Martín Alonso ...
Video Technician


Max is on his way to Tokyo. He lives in Paris and likes to flirt but has decided to get married. By chance, he seems to have seen Lisa, his greatest love, in a cafe. Max forgets everything, his trip to Tokyo and his fiance. Obsessed with meeting Lisa he finds out where she lives and hides in the apartment. However, a different girl, called Alice, finds Max in the flat. Alice looks quite similar to Lisa, and they have sex. To complicate matters further, Alice is also the girlfriend of Max's buddy Lucien and Lisa is followed by an older man. Written by Gerhard Windecker <>

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 October 1996 (France)  »

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A remake of this film, set in the U.S., was called "Wicker Park" See more »


Lisa: Do you often stalk people?
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References Rear Window (1954) See more »


Le temps
Written and Performed by Charles Aznavour
Music by Jeff Davis
Courtesy of EMI Music France
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9 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Forget the recent dire American remake which sadly tarnished the reputation of the French original by virtue of the director's involvement in both. This is a deftly- drawn romantic 90s noir with many twists and turns. It works best as a Gallic ode to Hitchcock's Rear Window, because the notion of voyeurism is the constant theme that fires the intricate screenplay. The story is stunningly realized, like a Picasso painting, offering multi-perspectives on the same event and demanding the viewer's participation throughout. The settings, music and haunting score are wonderful as well as the excellent contributions from the cast. Watch it more than once.

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